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Pioneer - Arthur Arnold

2008 Arthur ArnoldBorn: Dudley, Worcestershire, England, around 1900. Died: Burlington,
Ontario, February 16, 1969.

Arthur "Pop" Arnold made an enormous contribution to Canadian soccer over a very long period. His career in soccer administration spanned all of 30 years and started in 1929 when he became secretary of Hamilton City Football Club in the NSL. For six years he was president of both the National Soccer League and the Ontario Soccer Association, often landing him in a conflict between the two organizations. From 1934-1941 he was either President or Vice-President of the NSL. When World War Two ended, it was Pop Arnold who picked up the pieces of soccer in Ontario as Chairman of the Ontario Soccer Commission from 1948 to 195. In 1951 he was elected President of the Ontario Soccer Association, a position he held until 1957, becoming the longest serving president of the OSA. These were very difficult and turbulent years in Ontario soccer as immigration, following the war, brought thousands of new soccer playing and soccer loving people to the province from all over Europe. They soon formed their own teams and the job of integrating these teams into the Ontario soccer system fell to Arthur Arnold and his officials. The sometimes bitter battles took their toll on him and in declining the nomination for president at the 1958 annual meeting of the OSA he told the delegates "no man was more attacked or belittled than I was and I just couldn't go for another 12 months." After 5 years as vice-president of the Dominion of Canada Football Association /Football Association of Canada, he became president in 1957. During this incredible soccer journey, he became a life member of all three
organizations: the OSA, NSL and FAC.